A mixed bag of results for the Pirates last week showing that this league is vastly more competitive than the previous leagues we’ve been in. A solid 6 – 2 win against Leeds after the fantastic Remembrance Day Service on Saturday was pleasing and despite battling hard to come back from 3 goals down in Telford the Tigers managed to hold on to victory with a 5-3 win on the Sunday.
Peterborough are a team we have seen plenty of so far this year having already gone toe to toe with them on 4 times in league and friendly action. We know all about the depth that this team possess but so far we have prevailed in three of the four fixtures.
Phantoms sit 3 points clear of us in 4th but we do have a fixture against MK to be rearranged. This makes this game vital as we could in time turn the 3 point lead Peterborough have into a 3 point lead of our own.
The Phantoms look like a team that are putting points up for fun with 5 of their players including 2 imports already hitting a point a game which in this new standard is no mean achievement. Stepney looks like the goal threat for the Phantoms bagging 13 so far whilst Martin Susters has 14 assists in his 24 point haul. Sisters has spent a fair while off the ice too with his 38 penalty minutes a club high.
Defensively they have a mix of old heads and young bodies which allows them to have some flexibility with whatever situation arises. Couple this with solid net minder and former Pirate Jordan Marr and it is perhaps surprising to see them with 9 wins and 7 losses so far this season. Maybe this is more evidence of the new higher standard of league.. Regardless we know this will be no timid encounter. The pre season friendly at Hull was a feisty affair and there will be no shortage of personal battles on the ice this week.
As already eluded to last week was a mixed bag for the Pirates but this said there is no shame in going on the road and losing in Telford who are currently one of the top 2 teams in the league. What was pleasing to see is the return of Chilly and debut of Chalmers. Both will make a vast difference to a D that has conceded the 8th most amount of goals this season.
fingers crossed we get the full team back out soon and make a real charge for higher league positions.
By Dave Heath
Hull Pirates Media